Weekly Update - October 11, 2018

“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” S. Suzuki

Fall Recital 30 Day Practice A Thon Starts Today!!!!
Fall Recital Practice A Thon Chart

Students who practice 30 Days in a row will be able to select one of our SRO mugs, case stickers or t-shirts as their prize!

Fall Recital Information
 Students and Teachers should have their pieces picked for the recital this week. Teachers can go online to schedule their students for the appropriate recital.
Recital Rehearsal Schedule: 

Sunday November 4:
Master Class for students in Book 6 and above:
9:00am: Regan Choi, Grant Corrion, Vjay Daita, Max Green, Gwendolyn Kohl, Yvona Nikitin, Elena Serna, Aidan Sun, Isabella Vesprini
11:00am: Aarani Balendran, Andrew Calabrese-Day, Lucy Morency, Henry Jackson, Isabell Johnson, Thanos Souldatos, Lizzie Vojtisek

Sunday November 4 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday November 6 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Individual Rehearsals for Cello and Violin students in Book 1 through 5 (Pre-Twinkle Students do not need to rehearse): 
Please click on the rehearsal link and sign up!

 Recital Schedule:
November 10 (Saturday) - Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Gym
4:00 PM Clarke / DeLisle / Flanigan
6:00 PM Mutter / d’Allemand

November 11 (Sunday) - Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Sanctuary
2:00 PM Jumaa
4:00 PM DiMambro / Yim / d’Allemand
6:00 PM Mutter / Vojtisek

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Coming soon…a big announcement about big plans for SRO.

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Class #4 is on Tuesday October 16th.
It's not too late to join us.

In our third class, we discussed Chapter 4 "Be Present". We will be discussing Chapter 5 "Practice Daily" on the 16th. Those who can't attend can send me questions and I'll discuss it with the group and give you their feedback.

  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

  • Place: Room 9

1st class starts Saturday October 20th. Registration deadline is October 18th.


Current SRO families with children ages 2 through 6
You are welcome to sign up. This is a great way to meet other families, read and discuss "Beyond The Music Lesson" and get hands on help with how to practice with your child at home.

Highlights of the Suzuki Family Group Class

  • Non-Instrument Specific - all students will learn together with their parent (guardian)

  • Each class will be led by Mark Mutter and last 60 minutes

    • 30 minutes devoted to music and practice skills for students and parents. This will help students make a seamless transition to private lessons and group class.

    • 30 minutes will be a book study of “Beyond The Music Lesson” by Christine Goodner. The cost of the book is included in the class. Students will enjoy continued musical games and activities with one of our SRO teachers.

  • Parents and students will interview with teachers during this time to pick their instrument, secure a lesson time and observe a group class if possible.

Suzuki Family Group Class Cost: $170.00 - includes 8 classes and “Beyond The Music Lesson”

Suzuki Family Group Class Dates: Families will pick from one of the following options:

Option #1: begins October 20 2018
Saturdays at 2:00pm: 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 
11/10 (off due to Fall Recitals), 11/24 (off due to Thanksgiving)

Option #2: begins January 8 2019
Tuesdays at 6:00pm: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
2/19 (off due to mid-winter break)

Option #3: begins February 2 2019
Saturdays at 2:00pm: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
2/23 (off due to mid-winter break)

Option #4: begins March 12 2019
Tuesdays at 6:00pm: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
4/2 (off due to spring break)

Minimum Enrollment per class: 4 

Please register online to secure your spot in the class.


SRO Calendar and Announcements

TODAY... October 11 - 30 Day Practice A Thon

October 15-20 - 6th Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Dr. Suzuki Birthday Celebration
Review Week #2 - all review lists can be found on the SRO Website

October 16 - Parent Discussion Group #4 - 6-7:00 pm
Chapter 5 - Practice Daily

October 20 - Suzuki Family Group Class - Option #1 - begins (registration deadline is October 18)
Saturdays at 2:00 pm

October 22-27 - 7th Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: You Be The Teacher Day
Review Week #3 - all review lists can be found on the SRO Website

October 23 - Parent Discussion Group #5 - 6-7:00 pm
Chapter 6 - Listen To Great Music

October 29-November 3 - 8th Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Spooky Suzuki
Review Week #4 - all review lists can be found on the SRO Website.
Spooky Suzuki Special Schedule:
Bring a healthy treat to share and wear your costume!
Monday October 29:
5:30pm Cello Group - DeLisle and Violin Group - Vojtisek - Combined in Room 10
6:00pm Party in the Lobby
6:15pm Break
6:30pm Music Theory - Yim, Piano Group - Jumaa, Violin Group - Flanigan and Mutter- Combined in Room 10
7:00pm Party in the Lobby
7:15pm Break
7:30pm Suzuki Strings/Music Theory - Clarke, Suzuki Strings - DeLisle
Tuesday October 30:
5:30pm Cello Group - DeLisle and Violin Group - d’Allemand and Flanigan - Combined in Room 10, Piano Group - Jumaa 6:00pm Party in the Lobby
6:15pm Break
6:30pm Music Theory - Yim
Wednesday October 31:
All Group Classes and Ensembles are cancelled.
Private lessons will still take place. Please talk to your private teacher regarding their schedule for the 31st.
Wednesday Violin Groups can come on Monday (10/29) or Tuesday (10/30) at 5:30pm.
Mr. Yim's Theory Class can come on Monday (10/29) or Tuesday (10/30) at 6:30pm.
Thursday November 1:
6:30pm Guitar Group - DiMambro and Yim - Combined in Room 10
7:00pm Party in the Lobby
7:15pm Break
Saturday November 3:
1:00pm Piano Group - Jumaa
1:30pm Party in the Lobby
1:45pm Break

October 30 - Parent Discussion Group #6 - 6-7:00 pm
Chapter 7 - Create a Positive Musical Environment

Looking ahead...

SRO Holiday Concert 
December 9 - 4:00 PM

SRO Barnes and Noble Performances 
December 16
1:00 PM - Guitars 2:00 PM - Cellos 3:00 PM - Violins 4:00 PM - Suzuki Strings

SRO Winter Violin Workshop
January 12 and 13 2019 Details are listed below.


Suzuki Royal Oak
Winter Violin Workshop
Saturday January 12
Sunday January 13 2019

Early Registration Discount of $10 ends on November 1st.

Guest Clinicians:
Kimberly Meier-Sims: Cleveland, Ohio
Kimberly Meier-Sims, Violin faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music, director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at CIM (since 2004), and registered Violin Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Meier-Sims conducts a graduate two-year Suzuki teacher training program at CIM which is part of the unique Master duo degree program in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She became one of the youngest registered Suzuki Teacher Trainers in the country in 1988. From 1996-2004, Ms. Meier-Sims was a full-time faculty member at the University of Memphis where she conducted long-term teacher training, was the Coordinator for the University of Memphis Suzuki String Program and Director of the University of Memphis Suzuki String Summer Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she studied with John Kendall, the first American Suzuki pioneer. At Western Illinois University she received her Master’s degree in performance, studying violin and pedagogy with Almita Vamos. The summer of 1986, Ms. Meier-Sims traveled to Japan for a six-week study with Dr. Suzuki. From 1984-1996 Ms. Meier-Sims was a violin instructor at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where she also served as Suzuki Teacher Trainer, Faculty Program Assistant and Chamber Music Coordinator. She has published articles in the American Suzuki Journal, Strings Magazine and the Tennessee Musician. In 2001 she was recognized as one of Tennessee’s outstanding educators by the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts. She was the Violin Coordinator for the 2002 10th SAA National Conference in Minneapolis. In April 1999, she attended The Thirteenth World Suzuki Method Convention in Japan. Ms. Meier-Sims has taught Suzuki institutes and workshops in Cork, Ireland and throughout the U.S.

Pamela Reit: Burlington, Vermont
Pam Reit has been a Suzuki teacher since 1986. She received her Bachelor of Music from Peabody Conservatory and her Masters of Music from Rice University. She moved home to the Burlington, Vermont, area in 1992 and began Vermont Suzuki Violins, Inc. She has taught at Institutes and workshops all over the country and directs a yearly workshop in Vermont in November. In 2016, Pam became the Director of the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute. Pam and her husband, Ira Morris, perform with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and both have private violin studios at home. They live with their two daughters in Hinesburg, Vermont. Pam is a 2012 winner of the SAA Creating Community Award.

Edmund Sprunger: St. Louis, Missouri
Edmund Sprunger Registered SAA teacher trainer. BA in music from Goshen College, MSW from the University of Michigan, and extensive training at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. In addition to his teaching, he is also a psychotherapist in private practice, and the author of two books.
Please join us for SRO's Winter Violin Workshop

Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13
Registration is open! This workshop is open to students throughout the state so please register early to reserve your spot.
Class Options (students can register for as many or a few as they want):
Master Class: 2 to 4 students in an hour
Private Lesson: 1 student
Group Class: 8-16 students (Books 1-6)
Performance Class: 8 students (Books 7 and above)
Fiddle Class: 8-16 students
Improv Class: 8-16 students
Vocal Class for Strings (Learn singing techniques to help with overall musicality)



We need your help!!!
SRO has openings in all instruments and we need you to tell your friends. Our teachers have created new times and are waiting for students to fill them up. Please have your friends contact Haley DeLisle at lessons@suzukiroyaloak.org.
Remember: you get a $25 tuition discount if you refer and family and they put it on their registration form!

2018-2019 Registration Information

SRO 2018-2019 Registration Form

SRO 2018 Summer Registration Form

SRO 2018-2019 - Policies

SRO 2018-2019 - Returning Student Group and Elective Recommendations

SRO 2018-2019 - Group and Elective Schedule

SRO 2018-2019 - Tuition
The SRO Board passed a new budget that raised tuition by 2% which will go directly to raises for the SRO faculty.
All fund raising has been pulled from the  SRO operating budget.
The SRO Board will be creating a new fund raising plan that will be presented at the beginning of the school year.

SRO 2018-2019 - Recital Etiquette, Event and Lesson Calendar

SRO 2018-2019 - Categories of Study

SRO 2018-2019 - Lesson Length, Group and Elective General Recommendations